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Searching for Solutions: Top 5 Autism Charities


As with any worth-while cause, there are a multitude of charities that aim to support Autistic individuals and their families in a number of ways. Here is a list of the top 5 Autism Charities and a new player shaking things up:

National Autism Association

The NAA creates and implements direct-assistance programs for families affected by autism, including education, safety, therapy, and medical services. NAA also funds research studies aimed at helping autistic children progress, and promotes autism awareness campaigns.

Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism

With a CharityNavigator rating of 95.71 out of 100, the Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism is one of the highest rated charities in terms of accountability, transparency, revenue growth, and low administrative expenses. Established in 1998, the Foundation aims to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest. With numerous programs and grants, they help autistic individuals get access to care, lead more active life-styles, and grow toward adult independence.

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

ASAN is a non-profit advocacy organization run by and for Autistic people. They seek to advance disability rights in regards to autism and empower autistic people to be heard in the national and international communities and governments.

U.S. Autism and Asperger Association (USAAA)

A network of professionals with expertise in Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other related disorders. USAAA hosts a world conference, establishes training, assists with intervention techniques and therapies, and advocates for scholarships and financial aid assistance for college.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

CARD programs feature cutting-edge and comprehensive curricula tailored to the specific need of autistic individuals from birth to 21 years. These programs help children learn to communicate, develop friendships, and lead happy, healthy lives. Staff includes numerous PhDs, speech and language pathologists, social workers, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, marriage and family therapists, and licensed psychologists.

Ady’s Army

New kid on the block Ady’s Army is a direct-donate charity with several programs aimed at solving immediate problems for autistic families. These include Ady’s Barracks, which helps families with Elopement/Wandering-prone children build secure fences around their homes; Ady’s Wings, which helps families with travel-related costs for expert care; and Ady’s Paws, which provides a trained service dog to be a companion to an autistic child.

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